Zero Waste Resolutions For 2021
Date Posted:7 January 2021
For us, here at Bamboo Body, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and has been since we launched, in 2005. The term 'sustainable' can be a tricky and overwhelming term to define. Our take is that we have a responsibility to preserve the environment we live in and we need to do everything we can to reduce the emissions we are producing into the world. Sir David Attenborough explains it in a nutshell - "The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have, and we need to defend it."
"The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have, and we need to defend it." - David Attenborough
We consider the entire lifecycle when we design and produce our bamboo clothing, always keeping in mind to preserve our forests and wildlife while committing to reducing emissions. It's not just our clothes and production processes that are better for the environment, we take eco-consciousness into account in our day-to-day environment as well.
We are always looking for ways that we can improve to design a better future and some of us may struggle to make meaningful change as we don't know where to begin. No matter where you are at on your sustainability journey, this weeks' blog will take you through some simple and easy ways you can start living an eco-friendly 2021.
Look at your habits
The first step to begin your zero-waste 2021 is to look at your where your waste is coming from; notice what is going into your recycling and rubbish bins each week. You could even compare it to your neighbours. This will help you realise what it is you need to eliminate.
Increase your sustainability knowledge
There are now many ways you can educate yourself on sustainability and even better, most are easy access for us all! Start by simply joining a community who promote sustainability or even open a discussion with your friends or colleagues. There are also documentaries like David Attenborough's 'A Life On Our Planet' or podcasts - a good one is 'A Sustainable Mind' by Marjorie Alexander.
Eat in season
Eating food that's in season means that we're eating produce from our local Australian farmers rather than having it imported halfway from across the world. This is a simple step we can all take towards a sustainable future. If we eat in season, then our carbon footprint of what we're consuming is small.
Meal prep subscriptions
Think about how much food you throw out after eating a meal because you may have made a little too much or because it's past the use by date. Meal subscriptions such as Hello Fresh or Nourishd do all the work for you - they will give you the right quantity of ingredients with no excess foods and lots of recipes to choose from.
Calculate your carbon footprint
This is a great way to calculate how much waste you're producing in your day-to-day life. Quizzes like Clever Carbon and Global Footprint Network calculate your carbon footprint based off what you eat, how you're living at home, the way you travel and your purchasing habits.
Bamboo is one of the most inexpensive and sustainable plants on earth; it is grown organically without the use of pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals. It is also one of the few plants that can keep up with deforestation - bamboo only takes 5 years to mature compared to 30-40 years for trees. Not only is bamboo clothing available to you, there are now many household items made from bamboo too for example, toilet paper, toothbrushes and towels - you'll have the whole house covered!
Read more about the benefits of our bamboo clothing here.
Curate a capsule wardrobe
Having too many clothes in your closet can be overwhelming when choosing an outfit for the day. Simplify your life and lead a more sustainable one by creating a capsule wardrobe. It will stop you from buying unnecessary new clothes and will help reduce the amount in your closet. Shop our must have basics here. Keep an eye out for our basics wardrobe capsule on the website soon.
Look for labels
Have a look in your pantry and identify which of your packaged goods have certified sustainable labels on them. These labels could include FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), RSP (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil), MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and Bonsucro, just to name a few. Products without these labels have significant threats to wildlife and the oceans, forests and other habitat they call home.
On average, Australians spend $140 per week on groceries, meaning that your shopping choices can make a huge impact on our environment. Committing to buying certified sustainable products will send a message to your favourite grocery stores and brands that sustainability matters to you.